August 27th: Open Mic at Dumb Records


It seems like we haven’t really been able to get an open mic squeezed into our busy schedule at Black Sheep this summer – now that things are clearing up at the end of August we are going to be able to fit one in on Sunday, August 27th in about ten days. The Dumb Records open mic of course is open to all different types of performers- from poetry and spoken word to music to magic acts. To claim a 15 minute slot, check out the facebook event right here, email us at, or just show up to the event and you will be fine!

The open mic starts at 7:00 pm and goes until 10:00 pm. Dumb Records is located at 1107 South Grand Ave. East. There’s also a 25% off sale for all items going on during the event! Check out a facebook event again for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up in Southtown this summer/fall.

New Band Pages: Kate Laine


This week our featured band/artist is Kate Laine! Also known as Kate Ridge, Kate has been performing at Black Sheep and for about a year now, and has been making music since 2013. Find out more about Kate’s music and find links to her websites on her new page right here. Kate will also be performing at the Black Sheep 12 Year Anniversary show on September 16th.

Check out any of our 54 current band pages right here on our current bands page. Do you play in an active Springfield band or are a Springfield solo musician who has not set up a page with us yet? We would love to hear from you – reach out at and we will work with you to get a page set up!

Nefarious Cloud: “Cinnamon Toast Crunch”

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Ever wonder why so many kids just love the taste of Kellog’s brand cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Well today local Springfield hip hop artist Nefarious Cloud is going to explain it to us on this site, through his new hit song and music video “Cinnamon Toast Crunch.” This video, shot and directed by Jayy Wills Entertainment, features a few stunt doubles and fast moving vehicles in the streets of our very own city. You can check it out below. The taste you can see!

Nefarious currently does not have any shows lined up at Black Sheep, sorry. Check out more Springfield music videos show over the years on our vids/pics page.

Glower: “Fish Hook” + “Smile To Forget Me” Demos


Today we bring you a couple of new demo tracks from a new project that popped up earlier this summer featuring a new Springfield duo of Kate Ridge (Kate Laine) and Kiki Walker of Moondead, Bad Banshee, etc. The project is called “Glower” and they have played at least one live show over at Bar None downtown in the past few months. You can check out two demo songs they have released – “Fish Hook” and “Smile To Forget Me” on the players below. Also head over to the Glower bandcamp page to download the songs for $1. Be one the lookout for more shows from Glower soon.

August 20th at Black Sheep: Livin’ Thing, Kagedama, Undone


You ready to hear about this other show happening at Black Sheep one week from today? That’s on Sunday, August 20th in the middle of a five-day show streak for us happening next weekend to close out the summer of 2017. This one is going to be a hardcore show featuring just three bands. This includes this sludgy band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin called “Kagedama.” You can check out some of their music on the player below to hear what they are all about. Also on this show is the amazing stretch-suit rock band Livin’ Thing coming at ya from right here in the capitol city. Opening things up is the talented hardcore / swing band Undone.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and cost $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Deezy Da Paperboy: “Under Ground Krown, Vol. 1”


We don’t post about new hip hop releases coming out of the 217 too often, so we definitely think it’s necessary to tell you about this newest release coming from local artist “Deezy Da Paperboy” who has performed a number of times at Black Sheep. Deezy also won the Illinois Times voting category last year for best hip hop artist coming out of Springfield. He may be currently based out of Decatur according to his bandcamp page however(?) Today we bring you a brand new album from Deezy Da Paperboy called Under Ground Krown Volume One. You can find it streaming on the player below. Head over to the bandcamp page to download the album for free.

There are currently no hip hop shows lined up at Black Sheep featuring Deezy Da Ppaerboy – there may be some other ones in the works though! Follow 217hiphop on facebook for more local hip hop news.

August 19th at Black Sheep: Death Card, Rig Time!, Barren, A Treachery Untold, The City The Ruins, Polterguts


Oh man, have we announced this show yet? We don’t think so? Anyways, this one is happening one week from today on Saturday, August 19th and it features a whopping six metal bands for one mega show. This will be right in the middle of 5 shows in a row for us as one end of the summer mega blow-out! The big one on this bill is “Death Card” hardcore metal band from Nashville, Tennessee. Stream one of their songs on the player embedded below. Death Card is touring with a three band touring package which also includes “Rig Time!” from Wisconsin. Get ready for lots of rigs. Also on that tour is Barren from Arkansas. This time around we have local support from three other bands including Polterguts from St. Louis. We also have “A Treachery Untold” and “The City, The Ruins” opening things up both from the Central Illinois area.

This show will be starting promptly at 6:00 pm, doors are at 5:00 pm. Show admission is $8. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future! Back to school season it is!